How long will it be until the United States government recognizes cannabis as a medicinal, useful plant, and not just an abused drug? You'd be interested to know that states aren't the only ones accepting cannabis in various forms – the U.S. government is actually closer than ever to legalizing the plant. In fact, a group of bipartisan legislators have recently made an effort to propel medical marijuana to the top, legalizing the plant for medicinal purposes and protecting those working with it from federal consequences.
The proposal puts into effect the Obama Administration's 'hands-off approach' to medical marijuana to a new level by completely protecting states partaking in medical marijuana from any federal prosecution.
As reported by HighTimes:
"The proposed legislation, aptly entitled the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, would 'allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have already passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution,' according to a press release issued by the lawmakers. The bill would also downgrade the DEA's current Schedule I classification to a Schedule II."